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By Helias A. Udo de Haes, Frans Klijn (auth.), Frans Klijn (eds.)

When Lovelock released his 'Gaia', it used to be for lots of humans relatively a aid. we might now not have the ability to spoil lifestyles in the world. Lovelock illustrated this argument with a wealth of mechanistic suggestions approaches, as we all know them to ensue in ecosystems. those suggestions techniques may, by some means, lead the earth as a complete right into a new equilibrium. An equilibrium with lifestyles inside of, be it in a wholly replaced setting. this can be, certainly, allow us to be earnest: a functioning atmosphere. yet what sort of atmosphere? The Gaia-hypothesis prompted loads of idea and dialogue approximately what we really require as an atmosphere. Bio­ range as an abbreviation of biotic variety has seeing that turn into the focus of societal main issue. yet back, once we give it some thought, we're not merely drawn to the sheer variety of species on the earth. We even have ')ther pursuits: within sight, in our backyards, within the surrounding nation-state, and at the quite a few destinations the place we want to spend our vacation trips. We additionally are looking to look after infrequent or attribute species only for their very own sake. in reality, we'd like species in practicable populations to be a part of groups which are self-maintaining in environments the place they belong. we all know we won't ask for this with out conserving their atmosphere, that's additionally the environment. this is often the place the subsequent trendy time period emerges: sustainability.

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4 This may be clear from an example of vegetation survey. If the vegetation should be used to indicate environmental conditions, diagnostic characteristics derived from the environment would cause circle reasoning. BASIC PRINCIPLES OF CLASSIFICATION 27 using guiding principles and diagnostic characteristics accordingly. In practice, however, it may often be useful to use classifications of ecosystem components as well: the 'land attributes' ,5 such as bedrock type, landform, climate, water, soil, vegetation, fauna and man.

Then, based on this comprehensive view, the image is cut into segments while looking for convergence of evidence. This, of course, is done stepwise, thus resulting in various division levels that can be regarded as forming a hierarchy. The resulting pieces at the various levels are then described. The final result has essentially the character of a map legend. Even if the map is not presented, the units always refer to sections at the earth's surface. The higher in hierarchic rank, the more unique they are.

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